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RETHINKING 'ONE CHINA': A FICTION MORE DANGEROUS THAN USEFUL?

Recorded on February 26, 2004

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Allison Auditorium

Do the words "one China" legitimate Beijing's threats to use force to resolve the "internal affair" of Taiwan's century-old separation from Beijing? Can American leaders reconcile the diametrically opposed policies of defending Taiwan's democratic identity and adhering to a "one China" policy that implies that Taiwan's democracy should be subordinate to China's dictatorship? What does "one China" really mean in the U.S. diplomatic lexicon? Where did the "one China" policy come from? Can the United States sustain a policy that was crafted in the Cold War and has gone unchanged despite Tiananmen, the collapse of the Soviet Union, the emergence of a vibrant Taiwan state, and China's emergence as a "great power" competitor in the Asia-Pacific Region?

Congressman Peter Deutsch, a member of the Congressional Taiwan Caucus will discuss the views from Capitol Hill, and four of America's foremost advocates of a new China policy will discuss the implications of "rethinking 'One China.'"

Papers: Readings for "Rethinking 'One China'"